History of the Rams
The Rhode Island Rams are the athletic programs of the University of Rhode Island, based in Kingston, Rhode Island, United States. The Rams compete in the NCAA's Division I as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The football team, however, competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, as the A-10 does not sponsor football.
The school's colors are light blue (officially called "Keaney blue"), white, and navy blue. The school's mascot is Rhody the Ram. It was chosen in 1923 as a tribute to the school's agricultural history, making its first appearance in 1929. The school has not used a live ram since the introduction of "Rhody," a student in an anthropomorphic ram costume, in 1974.
College Sports Established
Kingston, Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island
1973 - Present / NCAA Division I
1924 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1980 - Present / Atlantic 10 Conference
1975 - 1980 / Independent
1948 - 1975 / Yankee Conference
1924 - 1948 / New England Conference
Rams - In the 1920s, he was given the name Battering Ram, the live mascot of Rhode Island State College. For big games against foes like Connecticut, it was common for students to paint Battering Ram’s horns blue.
As the decades passed and Rhode Island State grew into the University of Rhode Island, his name was changed to Ramses. By the 1960s, the mascot was represented by a student who dressed in a costume.
Now known as Rhody the Ram to thousands of alumni and sports fans around the world, he has his own Wikipedia entry. Everyone has their favorite memories, whether they are of Rhody sliding down the stairs on a plastic sled at storied Keaney Gymnasium, or seeing him put an inner tube over the St. Joseph’s University Hawk to stop him from flapping his wings. That misdeed earned Rhody a scolding from the NCAA, a national audience on ESPN and a Rhode Island Monthly cartoon.
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